Calliope Gold Cup day suffers setback
INSUFFICIENT nominations has forced the Class B Handicap to be abandoned when the 95th Calliope Gold Cup meet is staged at the Calliope Racecourse Reserve on Boxing Day.
Only three horses had been nominated for the event, threatening to reduce the meet to a four- race program.
While the news is a setback for Calliope Jockey Club officials, it could be tempered by the possibility of the Queensland Thoroughbred Investment Scheme (QTIS) Maiden Plate being split into two divisions after 24 nominations were received for the event.
If Queensland Racing approves the move, each race will feature $4000 prizemoney with a $2000 QTIS bonus.
The Calliope Jockey Club promotes the Gold Cup meeting as a traditional country race day which caters for families and has long been a popular race day.
Best dressed lady and best hat prizes will be awarded with four draws for lucky race books to also be conducted on the day.
Costa Azzurra, which won the Gold Cup in the rain last year, is not entered in next week's event.